Teaching Teens About Financial Responsibility

 

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With the current economic downturn, it is increasingly important that teenagers understand how to manage their money. Learning the basics of budgeting before moving out on their own is a necessary step toward ensuring that teens grow up to be financially responsible adults. Setting a good example for your teens to follow and a little parental involvement may be all it takes to transform naïve teens into budget-conscious adults.

#money management #teens and money #military families

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2013 Southeast Military Youth of the Year: Stephanie Nicole Ramer

Stephanie Nicole Ramer

2013 Southeast Military Youth of the Year

Moody Air Force Base Youth Center, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Change. Constant change. That is what being a military youth is all about. In fact, change is probably the only consistent thing in my life. Because my dad is in the military, I don’t know where my family will move next or when my father will be gone again. I don’t know if I will move far away from friends only months after meeting them. There are so many parts of my life that I cannot count on staying the same. However, that does not mean that my life is unbalanced. In order to cope with our uneven, ever-changing lifestyle my family has become stronger. The bonds that we have are unbreakable even when confronted with the toughest obstacles. Deployment and new homes only bring us closer together. Being a military youth means that I always have a strong family behind me. 

#Military Youth of the Year #Military Life #Youth leadership #Youth and Teen Center

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Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support Initiative

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To fulfill this need for caregiver support, the Department of Defense is rolling out a new Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support Initiative. Currently, military and family life counselors provide face-to-face, confidential, non-medical counseling to service and family members, including caregivers. As part of the initiative, beginning in 2014, military and family life counselors at Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force installations with recovery care coordinators will organize and conduct voluntary peer-to-peer forums to provide confidential, non-medical counseling to caregivers. Military caregivers will help build the program by providing input on areas they would like to focus on such as mental wellness, managing stress and nutrition. More at http://bit.ly/1hCPj0h.

#wounded warrior #Caregiver support #non-medical counseling #Military life

Military Youth of the Year: Brianna Shephard

Brianna Shepherd

Southwest Military Youth of the Year

Holloman Air Force Base Youth & Teen Center, Alamogordo, N.M.

 The military youth center has been in my life since I was in the fourth grade. Over the years, I have grown to love all that it stands for. It has played a big part in my experiences as a child and young adult. The club is one of the few things that has always been here for me through some of the best and worst times. It has helped me through multiple military moves, provided me with friends, assisted me in becoming more involved in my community and provided me with some of the best experiences and opportunities.

#Military Youth of the Year #Youth and Teen Center #military life #Youth Leadership

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Memorandum from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for Month of the Military Child:For the tremendous contributions our military children make in support of the mission, it is my honor and pleasure to recognize the Month of April as the Month of the Military Child. There are over 1.7 million children that have one or both parents serving in our Armed Forces and they are well deserving of this recognition.In no small way, our military children contribute to the heroic accomplishments and sacrifices our military members make in defense of our Nation. They serve our country along with their parents by displaying incredible strength while their parents deploy into dangerous environments. They show great resilience and flexibility through multiple moves and relocations. Our military children understand the calling their parents have answered often results in missed birthdays, holidays, and other meaningful events. They persevere through these challenges and more, because they know the difference their parents are making for our Nation and this world.Although the love, support, and sacrifice of our military children should be celebrated every day, we especially do so during April. I invite our communities and people across our great Nation to join me in thinking and recognizing our military children.

Memorandum from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for Month of the Military Child:

For the tremendous contributions our military children make in support of the mission, it is my honor and pleasure to recognize the Month of April as the Month of the Military Child. There are over 1.7 million children that have one or both parents serving in our Armed Forces and they are well deserving of this recognition.

In no small way, our military children contribute to the heroic accomplishments and sacrifices our military members make in defense of our Nation. They serve our country along with their parents by displaying incredible strength while their parents deploy into dangerous environments. They show great resilience and flexibility through multiple moves and relocations. Our military children understand the calling their parents have answered often results in missed birthdays, holidays, and other meaningful events. They persevere through these challenges and more, because they know the difference their parents are making for our Nation and this world.

Although the love, support, and sacrifice of our military children should be celebrated every day, we especially do so during April. I invite our communities and people across our great Nation to join me in thinking and recognizing our military children.

#Month of the Military Child #Military Youth #Military Families #Sec of Defense

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Story by Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.
Almost 20 years ago, I met Jamie, a 15-year-old living on base at Quantico with his three younger siblings, mom and dad, who was a Marine Corps major and test pilot. Jamie was a typical 15-year-old. He loved to play “war” with the other boys, did fairly well in school but struggled with math, left his bike in the driveway and had to be reminded to come in from playing when it got dark. 
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Story by Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

Almost 20 years ago, I met Jamie, a 15-year-old living on base at Quantico with his three younger siblings, mom and dad, who was a Marine Corps major and test pilot. Jamie was a typical 15-year-old. He loved to play “war” with the other boys, did fairly well in school but struggled with math, left his bike in the driveway and had to be reminded to come in from playing when it got dark. 

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#month of the militarry child #military life #military children #military families

Military Youth of the Year: Xavier R. Thompson

I have been a member of the military youth programs since I was a young child, so it is no wonder that they have impacted me so much. When I first joined the youth center club, all it meant was a playground and several rooms for games. All I saw were grown-ups and other kids playing and having fun, and all I did was play and have fun with them. I played tag and checkers and it was where I first learned how to shuffle cards. But now that I look back I see that it was not all fun and games. Being in the youth center every day after school taught me how to play well with others — one of the basic skills nearly everyone will need at some point in their lives. Right then, from the beginning of my social life, I was learning to play nicely with others just by being immersed in the friendly youth center environment.

#Military Youth of the Year #Boys and Girls Club #military life #Youth Leadership

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Military Academic Advancement Program

The Military Academic Advancement Program (MAAP), is an initiative of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) offering convenient anytime, anywhere online degrees and certificates. MAAP is part of a premier post-secondary distance education collaboration offering inter-institutional degree programs in Human Sciences. MAAP provides education for careers that fit the professional development of military spouses, veterans, military service members, and civilian professionals serving the military community.

#education #continuing education #military spouses #veterans #military life

Story by Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words moving, relocation or PCS? Packing, boxes, stress, hassle, kids arguing in the back seat of a car during a cross-country trip? MWR – Morale, Welfare and Recreation – probably doesn’t even make the top 10.
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Story by Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words moving, relocation or PCS? Packing, boxes, stress, hassle, kids arguing in the back seat of a car during a cross-country trip? MWR – Morale, Welfare and Recreation – probably doesn’t even make the top 10.

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#military life #recreation #moving #PCS

DoD’s Director of Family Policy, Children and Youth, Barbara Thompson, cites a social responsibility for all people to protect children as DoD kicks off the Month of the Military Child.

#Children #safety #military life #month of the military child